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Persian Cat

Persian Cat

The elegant and placid Persian. 

Named after the presumed country of origin, Persia (now Iran) with records dating back to the 1600’s of their export from Persia to Europe exist, the Persian is a popular breed of cat throughout the world. 

They are a medium-sized cat, weighing between 3 to 6kgs. They come in a wide variety of colours and patterns including points (known as the Himalayan) after cross-breeding with the Siamese. Persians do, their life expectancy is around 12 to 17 years. Persians are brachycephalic meaning their face and nose looks flat or pushed in. 

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Cat Breed Facts & Characteristics

Origin

Iran (Persia), 1600’s

Size 

Average, 3 to 6kgs  

Weight Range

3 to 6kgs

Colours

Many colours and various patterns including solid, tabby, tortoiseshell and Himalayan (points)

Life expectancy

12 to 17 years  

Coat

Long and thick requires daily brushing 

Temperament 

Affectionate, placid, gentle

Exercise requirements

Low

Best suited for 

Households without small children

Apartment Friendly

Yes 

Personality

The Persian is known for being gentle and placid. They enjoy stability and security, so a noisy household with small children may not be ideal. They generally enjoy attention and are known for being a “lap cat” and ideally is an indoor cat or provided with a safe outdoor enclosure. Encouraging your Persian cat to play daily will help keep them fit and healthy. Playing with your cat also strengthens your bond. Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of cat trees and toys to play with.

Grooming 

Persians have long, thick fur. Daily brushing is required to keep it tangle and matt free. It is wise to gently brush kittens from an early age, so they become accustomed to it. That long coat can hide nasties like fleas and ticks, so make sure your Ragdoll is on tick and flea control all year around. 

Feeding

When choosing a food for your Persian, select a premium food appropriate to your cats age and life stage. Ensure that you follow the recommended feeding guides on the food appropriate to your pet's size to help avoid obesity and ensure your fur baby gets appropriate nutrition. Always ensure your Persian has a supply of fresh water available, and consider providing them with a water fountain, as many cats prefer drinking moving water. 

Common Health Concerns 

With their flat faces and large exposed eyes, eye injuries and problems are not uncommon in the Persian cat. Signs of eye problems include discharge or watery eyes, squinting and rubbing at the face or eyes. If you suspect your pet has a problem with his or her eyes, immediately seek Vet advice.

According to PetSure data from 2019, the five most common reasons for a Persian cat to visit the vet (excluding for routine visits like vaccinations) are as follows:  

Rank

Condition

Average cost for single treatment
(average pet insurance claim amount)

Highest cost for single treatment
(highest pet insurance claim seen for this condition)

1

Gastrointestinal tract conditions – including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

$309

$3,206

2

Eye conditions – including corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis

$290

$2,626

3

Urinary tract disease 

$33

$3,234

4

Skin conditions (infection, allergy)

$155

$617

5

Arthritis

$109

$866

Disclaimer: Reimbursement for these claims would be subject to limits, such as annual benefit limits or sub-limits, benefit percentage, applicable waiting periods and any applicable excess. Cover is subject to the policy terms and conditions. You should consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement or policy wording available from the relevant provider.

Most popular Persian names

Most popular names

  1. Delilah
  2. Oscar
  3. Belle
  4. Betty
  5. Biggie
  6. Bubbles
  7. Freddie
  8. George
  9. Gizmo
  10. Gucci

Most popular female names

  1. Delilah
  2. Belle
  3. Betty
  4. Bubbles
  5. Jasmine
  6. Kiki
  7. Lucy
  8. Lulu
  9. Luna
  10. Maple

Most popular male names

  1. Oscar
  2. Biggie
  3. Freddie
  4. George
  5. Gimo
  6. Gucci
  7. Humphrey
  8. Junior
  9. Louis
  10. Mr

Did you know?

The original Persian cats did not have flat faces, and in fact having a flat face can cause a variety of health problems such as eye issues, respiratory issues and problems eating.  

Where can I get a Persian cat? 

Your local animal shelter or rescue organisation is the best place to look for a cat as shelters generally have many cats looking for loving homes. It may also be possible to find a Persian through a breed specific rescue organisation. 

References

  1. Cattime.com, Persian, Accessed on 17/11/20
  2. Cat Fanciers Association, The Persian, Accessed on 17/11/20
  3. Wikipedia, Persian, Accessed on 17/11/20

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Kylie Mitchell is a veterinarian with over 17 years experience in animal health and welfare, including in the veterinary and pet insurance industries

She has three rescue cats (Noah, Bei Bei and Meeka), four very old cockatiels and a pond-full of fish.

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